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A man pours water into a plastic tank at an evacuation shelter in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Feb. 1.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Feb 23, 2024
Noto quake highlights aging water systems in depopulating areas
Nearly 24,000 homes in Ishikawa Prefecture are still without water, and the shortage has sparked debate on how to maintain services in depopulating areas.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks during a ministerial meeting with the 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum held in Suva, Fiji, on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 12, 2024
Japan and Pacific Islands oppose change of status quo amid China clout
The leaders met to lay the groundwork for the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting scheduled in July in Tokyo.
The location of the water leak (left) and a close-up of the vent where the water was released at part of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 8, 2024
Tepco reports leak at Fukushima but says no contamination detected
The nuclear plant operator plans to remove soil from around the area that may have been contaminated by the 5,500 liters of radioactive water that leaked.
A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency with scientists from China, South Korea and Canada observe baskets of fish to be taken as samples at Hisanohama Port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in October.
Jan 31, 2024
IAEA reaffirms Japan's treated water release in line with standards
The report was based on a review carried out in October by a task force comprising the agency's officials and independent experts from 11 countries.
Noboru Ito (left) uses well water for a makeshift shower at his Real Hair Cutting You beauty salon in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 24.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 30, 2024
Businesses in quake-hit Japanese city tap well water to reopen
Their return to operations helps restore a sense of normalcy among residents.
Nishikigoi, or ornamental carp, swim in an exhibition facility in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture, on Nov. 1. The same month, China announced a ban on the import of the fish from Japan.
Jan 30, 2024
Nishikigoi breeders hope for early resumption of exports to China
The government has been pushing China to resume trade involving ornamental carp, but Beijing has yet to respond, officials say.
Materials that appear to be debris at the bottom of the containment vessel of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's Unit 2 reactor.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 26, 2024
Tepco delays removal of melted nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant
Retrieving the highly radioactive mix of melted nuclear fuel and debris from the crippled plant is considered one of the hardest decommissioning tasks.
Japanese public sentiment toward China worsened in 2023, with 86.7% of respondents saying they felt unfriendly toward China, up 4.9 percentage points from the preceding year, while 12.7% felt friendly, down 5.1 points.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 20, 2024
Japan public sentiment toward China worsens, Cabinet Office survey finds
The survey found that 86.7% of respondents felt unfriendly toward China, up 4.9 percentage points from the preceding year, while 12.7% felt friendly, down 5.1 points.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 18, 2024
U.S. envoy to Japan vows to continue calling out Chinese ‘hypocrisy’
Emanuel also gave a speech on what he described as Japan’s “groundbreaking accomplishments” in fields such as defense, economic growth and diplomacy.
Residents receive water in Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday.
Jan 17, 2024
Japan struggling to make water pipes quake-proof
In Ishikawa Prefecture, where a massive quake struck on New Year's Day, over 50,000 homes are still without water.
Scallops from Hokkaido are served at an event in Sao Paulo on Sunday to promote Japanese seafood.
Jan 15, 2024
Japan promotes fishery products at event in Brazil
The move is meant to cut reliance on the Chinese market after Beijing banned seafood imports from Japan last year.
Columbia University researchers have found that on average, bottled water contain 110,000 to 370,000 tiny plastic particles in each liter, 90% of them nanoplastics.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Jan 9, 2024
Bottled water has more plastic particles than previously thought
The discovery of nanoplastics, which could not be detected until recently, suggests that health concerns linked to plastic pollution may be dramatically underestimated.
Kotaro Seki, CEO of Ellange, in front of the truck that he uses to collect nets from fisheries
JAPAN / Society
Jan 7, 2024
Trash into treasure: Can fishing net waste be the future of fashion?
A pair of Japanese startups are looking to solve a problem for the nation's fisheries: What to do with old fishing nets.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (left) and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visit the cenotaph for atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima on May 21 during the Group of Seven summit. Zelenskyy’s visit to one of the two cities attacked with a nuclear weapon came amid Russia’s veiled threats to use its nuclear arsenal in its war against Ukraine.
Dec 28, 2023
Images of 2023: Japan
Outside of the successful G7 summit, the year was not kind to PM Fumio Kishida's unpopular administration. A kickback scandal provided one final headache.
Boys wait to fill containers with water at a camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Dec. 16.
WORLD / Society
Dec 22, 2023
Parched Gaza residents praise water tasting 'like sugar' from Egypt
While clean water is badly wanted, Gaza's ruined infrastructure means it is hard to distribute beyond the border town of Rafah.
Fishermen land scallops at Nemuro Port in Nemuro, Hokkaido, in April 2022.
Dec 20, 2023
Japan to test scallop processing in Mexico
Under the plan scallops will be processed in Ensenada in the Mexican state of Baja California, about 100 kilometers from the border with the U.S.
The new Japanese ambassador to China, Kenji Kanasugi, speaks during a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday after arriving at the Chinese capital earlier in the day.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 20, 2023
Japan's new China envoy vows 'tenacious' effort on Fukushima row
The 64-year-old envoy also pledged to strive for an early release of five Japanese nationals currently detained in China for alleged spying activities.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s new factory in Kumamoto Prefecture. New chipmaking plants in Japan are raising questions about securing workers and adequate water supplies.
Dec 19, 2023
Kumamoto and Hokkaido face common tasks of securing water and talent
With ambitious projects advancing, the two prefectural governments forged an agreement in August, aiming to facilitate exchanges of information.
Rahm Emanuel, U.S. ambassador to Japan, eats scallops from Hokkaido at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.
Dec 19, 2023
U.S. TV commercials to promote Japanese scallops
The move comes after demand from the Chinese market evaporated when China introduced a blanket ban on Japanese fishery products in August this year.
Water tanks containing treated radioactive water on the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October
Dec 15, 2023
Tepco's Fukushima No. 1 victim compensation costs set to rise
Factors in the increase includes pay outs to fishery operators due to the releases into the ocean of tritium-containing treated wastewater from the plant.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation